Switch Action Games

Super Mario Odyssey 1.

Super Mario Odyssey

Platform: Switch
October 27, 2017
New Evolution of Mario Sandbox-Style Gameplay. Mario embarks on a new journey through unknown worlds, running and jumping through huge 3D worlds in the first sandbox-style Mario game since Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. Set sail between expansive worlds aboard an airship, and perform all-new actions, such as throwing Mario's cap.
Metascore:
97
User Score:
8.9
Ori and the Will of the Wisps 2.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Platform: Switch
September 17, 2020
From the creators of Ori and the Blind Forest comes the highly-anticipated sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Embark on an all-new adventure in a vast and exotic world where you’ll encounter towering enemies and challenging puzzles on your quest to discover Ori’s true destiny. Immerse yourself in a hand-crafted narrative experience with deeply emotional storytelling, strikingly beautiful environments, and a stunning soundtrack. Master new skills to guide Ori through a journey of untold danger using newly acquired spirit weapons, spells, and attacks. Utilize an all-new shard system to power-up Ori’s newfound abilities. Face larger-than-life bosses and seek help from an expansive cast of new characters who will help you uncover Ori’s mysterious fate. Race to the top of the leaderboards in the all-new Spirit Trials mode where players dash, burrow, grapple, and leap to high scores in unique speed-run challenges throughout the game.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.7
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Platform: Switch
December 7, 2018
Inklings from the Splatoon series, as well as returning Smash characters like Mario and Link will be making appearances in this classic Nintendo franchise's Switch debut. Faster combat, new items, new attacks, new defensive options, and more will keep the battle raging whether you’re at home or on the go.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.6
Celeste 4.

Celeste

Platform: Switch
January 25, 2018
Help Madeline survive her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain in this super-tight, hand-crafted platformer from the creators of TowerFall.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.6
A Monster's Expedition 5.

A Monster's Expedition

Platform: Switch
August 5, 2021
From some of the best puzzle designers in the world comes A Monster's Expedition, an adorable and relaxing open world puzzle adventure for monsters who love to learn about humans. By pushing trees over to create pathways, you'll explore hundreds of islands near and far to learn about the history of "humanity". Immerse yourself in human culture with all-new exhibits from the "Human Englandland" dig site, each accompanied with expert insights!
Metascore:
92
User Score:
7.6
Spelunky 2 6.

Spelunky 2

Platform: Switch
August 26, 2021
Spelunky 2 builds upon the unique, randomized challenges that made the original a roguelike classic, offering a huge adventure designed to satisfy players old and new. Meet the next generation of explorers as they find themselves on the Moon, searching for treasure and missing family.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.0
INSIDE 7.

INSIDE

Platform: Switch
June 28, 2018
Hunted and alone, a boy finds himself drawn into the center of a dark project.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.6
Sonic Mania Plus 8.

Sonic Mania Plus

Platform: Switch
July 17, 2018
Sonic Mania Plus is the definitive retail enhanced version of the original Sonic Mania's digital release, presented in a pristine collectible physical release. The encore pack is a $5 upgrade fee for owners of the original game.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.1
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove 9.

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

Platform: Switch
March 3, 2017
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is the full and complete edition of Shovel Knight, a sweeping classic action adventure game series with awesome gameplay, memorable characters, and an 8-bit retro aesthetic! Become Shovel Knight, wielder of the Shovel Blade, as he runs, jumps, and battles in a quest for his lost beloved. Take down the nefarious knights of the Order of No Quarter and their menacing leader, The Enchantress. But that's not everything! Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove also features three additional campaigns that are games all unto themselves! Take control of Plague Knight, Specter Knight, and King Knight on adventures of their own! Together, they form a grand and sweeping saga! With a fully cooperative campaign, a full-featured challenge mode, a 4 player battle mode, and body swap mode, you'll be digging for a long time. With Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, you get it all. Uphold the virtues of Shovelry, earn relics and riches, and discover the true meaning of shovel justice!
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.2
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition 10.

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

Platform: Switch
September 27, 2019
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition delivers a multitude of new areas, difficulty options, and gameplay upgrades that should appeal to both new and seasoned Ori players.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.6
Dead Cells 11.

Dead Cells

Platform: Switch
August 7, 2018
Dead Cells is a rogue-lite, metroidvania action-platformer. You'll explore a sprawling, everchanging castle... assuming you're able to fight your way past its keepers in 2D souls-lite combat. No checkpoints. Kill, die, learn, repeat. RogueVania: The progressive exploration of an interconnected world, with the replayability of a rogue-lite and the adrenaline pumping threat of permadeath. 2D Souls-lite Action: Tough but fair combat, more than fifty weapons and spells with unique gameplay, and of course, the emergency panic roll to get you out of trouble. Nonlinear progression: Sewers, Ossuary or Remparts? Once unlocked, special permanent abilities allow you to access new paths to reach your objective. Opt for the path that suits your current build, your play style or just your mood. Exploration: Secret rooms, hidden passages, charming landscapes. Take a moment to stroll the towers and breath in that fresh sea mist infused air...
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.4
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury 12.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Platform: Switch
February 12, 2021
The cat's out of the bag, Super Mario 3D World is on to the Nintendo Switch system. Pounce and climb through dozens of colorful stages! Mario (and his friends) can use power-ups like the Super Bell, which grants catlike abilities, like climbing and scratching. Work together locally or online with up to three other players to reach the goaland to see who can get a high score. The Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury game features the same great co-op gameplay, creative levels and power-ups as the original game, but also so much more.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.7
DUSK 13.

DUSK

Platform: Switch
October 28, 2021
DUSK -A retro FPS that looks and feels like the 90s. Inspired by Quake, Heretic, Hexen, Half-Life and Redneck Rampage.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.9
Mark of the Ninja: Remastered 14.

Mark of the Ninja: Remastered

Platform: Switch
October 9, 2018
In Mark of the Ninja Remastered, learn what it is to truly be a ninja. You must be silent, agile and clever to outwit opponents in a world of gorgeous scenery and flowing animation, with cursed tattoos giving you heightened senses.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.4
TowerFall 15.

TowerFall

Platform: Switch
September 27, 2018
TowerFall Ascension is the definitive version of the hit archery combat game. Inspired by classics from the golden age of couch multiplayer, it's a 4-player local party game centering around hilarious, intense versus matches. The core mechanics are simple and accessible, but hard to master and combat is fierce. Loot treasure chests for game-changing power-ups, master the art of catching arrows out of the air, or descend on your foes and stomp them into submission. TowerFall is best played competitively with friends, cross-legged on the floor within punching distance of each other. New in Ascension is the 1- or 2-player co-op Quest mode. Players work together, fighting off a variety of monsters and enemy archers across the land of TowerFall. It's a new adventure to explore when you don't have more friends handy to square off against.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.5
Fez 16.

Fez

Platform: Switch
April 14, 2021
Gomez is a 2D man on a voyage of discovery into the mysterious 3rd dimension. Change your perspective and look at the world in a different way.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.0
Streets of Rage 4: Mr. X Nightmare 17.

Streets of Rage 4: Mr. X Nightmare

Platform: Switch
July 15, 2021
The fight continues in Wood Oak City. After the events of Streets of Rage 4, our heroes wanted to prepare themselves for future threats. Axel, Blaze and their mates will start a very special deranged training with the help of Dr. Zan, who built an AI program from the remnants of Mister X’s brain that simulates every kind of danger they could be facing. With this new DLC, get ready for: • 3 new playable characters • A new Survival mode with weekly challenges • Character customization: build your own fighting style with new moves • New weapons and enemies!
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.2
Nuclear Throne 18.

Nuclear Throne

Platform: Switch
March 20, 2019
The idea behind Vlambeer's Nuclear Throne is simple: it's a post-apocalyptic roguelike-like top-down shooter. Not 'the final hope of humanity' post-apocalyptic, but 'humanity is extinct and weird mutants and terrifying monsters now roam the world' post-apocalyptic. All you need to do is take control of one of those mutants and shoot the things trying to kill you. Use simple weaponry like quintuple-barreled bazookas, super plasma cannons or exquisite cursed laser miniguns. Or the game might just hand you a screwdriver. Deal with it. Mutate some new limbs and abilities as you go, and become the ultimate Throne hunter. Find secret vaults with game-changing crowns, discover rare overpowered weaponry, or compete in the worldwide Daily and Weekly challenges. All these things and more you could do if only you were good at this game. Can you reach the Nuclear Throne?
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.5
FAR: Lone Sails 19.

FAR: Lone Sails

Platform: Switch
August 18, 2019
FAR: Lone Sails is a vehicle adventure game. It’s just you and your machine vs. the big nothing. Traverse a dried-out seabed littered with the remains of a decaying civilization. Keep your unique vessel going, overcome numerous obstacles and withstand the hazardous weather conditions. How far can you make it? What will you find?
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.7
Super Mario Maker 2 20.

Super Mario Maker 2

Platform: Switch
June 28, 2019
Mario fans of the world, unite! Now you can play, create, and share the side-scrolling Super Mario courses of your dreams in the Super Mario Maker 2 game, available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch™ system! Dive into the single-player Story Mode and play built-in courses to rebuild Princess Peach’s castle. Make your own courses, alone or together. And with a Nintendo Switch Online membership*, share your courses, access a near-endless supply made by others, enjoy online multiplayer, and more. A new side-scrolling Mario adventure that unleashes the creative potential of Super Mario Maker 2 awaits in Story Mode, which contains over 100 built-in courses. And in Course Maker, a wide range of parts, tools, and more are available so you can construct your own courses. Want coin-shooting cannons? Bowser riding on a giant Goomba? Cat Mario sliding down slopes to take out an army of baddies? Go for it! You call the shots. Pass a Joy-Con controller to a partner to build cooperatively on a single system.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.5
Downwell 21.

Downwell

Platform: Switch
January 31, 2019
Downwell is a curious game about a young person venturing down a well in search of untold treasures with only his Gunboots for protection. Make your way further and further down into the darkness filled with nasty creatures and mysterious secrets to collect the spectacular red gems scattered about the rocks. Step into precariously placed shops and buy some helpful items or level up between levels to battle well-dwelling monsters and uncover hidden caves filled with riches and relics. No two trips down the well are ever the same.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.3
SteamWorld Dig 2 22.

SteamWorld Dig 2

Platform: Switch
September 21, 2017
Grab your pickaxe and dig into the sequel to SteamWorld Dig. A platform mining adventure forged in Metroidvania flames. In search of her lost friend, a lone steambot and her unlikely companion must dig deep, gain riches and explore an underworld riddled with danger. But time is running short... [Nintendo]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.6
Ikaruga 23.

Ikaruga

Platform: Switch
May 29, 2018
A rebel pilot named Shinra must battle an enemy nation using a specially-designed fighter called the Ikaruga, which can switch between two energy polarities (black or white) at the touch of a button. Bullets that are the same color as Shinra's ship can be absorbed, while the opposite color will do damage - this polarity-switching mechanic is the game's core feature and the foundation for its stage and enemy design. It's now up to Shinra makes his final stand, as the Ikaruga might be the rebel federation's last chance to defeat the oppressive Horai regime.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.7
Cave Story + 24.

Cave Story +

Platform: Switch
June 20, 2017
Cave Story takes you into a rare world where a curious race of innocent, rabbit-like creatures called Mimiga run free. You wake up in a dark cave with no memory of who you are, where you came from or why you're in such a place. Uncovering Mimiga Village, you discover that the once-carefree Mimiga are in danger at the hands of a maniacal scientist. Their only hope rests squarely on the shoulders of a quiet, amnesiac boy who can't remember his own name. Take control, learn the origins of this world's power, stop the delusional villain and save the Mimiga.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.9
Deemo 25.

Deemo

Platform: Switch
September 28, 2017
Experience Deemo: The Last Recital, a music rhythm game and story of urban fantasy. Deemo is a mystic being that lives in solitude in a castle all by itself. His life changes when a little girl who lost her memories, unknowingly falls from the sky, not knowing who she is and where she came from. Deemo comes to realize that whenever he plays the piano, a tree in front of him grows taller and taller. Confident that the tree can grow tall enough to help the little girl reach the sky from where she came from, the two come together to play the piano together. Can Deemo help the little girl regain her memories and help her get back home?
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.5
Quake Remastered 26.

Quake Remastered

Platform: Switch
August 19, 2021
The remastered version of Quake is here.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.3
Cuphead 27.

Cuphead

Platform: Switch
April 17, 2019
Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals and audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz recordings. Play as Cuphead or Mugman (in single player or local co-op) as you traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful super moves, and discover hidden secrets while you try and pay your debt back to the devil!
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.3
Dragon Ball FighterZ 28.

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Platform: Switch
September 28, 2018
After the success of the Xenoverse series, its time to introduce a new classic 2D DRAGON BALL fighting game for this generations consoles. DRAGON BALL FighterZ is born from what makes the DRAGON BALL series so loved and famous: endless spectacular fights with its allpowerful fighters. Partnering with Arc System Works, DRAGON BALL FighterZ maximizes high end Anime graphics and brings easy to learn but difficult to master fighting gameplay to audiences worldwide. Key Features: * 3vs3 TAG/SUPPORT Allows players to train and master more than one fighter/style which brings deeper gameplay * HIGH-END ANIME GRAPHICS Using the power of the Unreal engine and the talented team at Arc System Works, DRAGON BALL FighterZ is a visual tour-de-force * SPECTACULAR FIGHTS Experience aerial combos, destructible stages, famous scenes from the DRAGON BALL anime reproduced in 60FPS and 1080p resolution (Higher resolution will be supported on PS4 Pro and Xbox Scorpio)
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.8
Guacamelee! 2 29.

Guacamelee! 2

Platform: Switch
December 10, 2018
Brawling has never been more beautiful! The long-awaited sequel to the smash hit action-platformer is here: Guacamelee! 2 brings luchador Juan Aguacate out of retirement for a stunning new Metroidvania-style adventure, where he must face his greatest challenge yet - one that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of the Mexiverse! Explore a huge, hand-crafted world inspired by Mexican culture and folklore, filled with sassy new villains and weirdos (and a few old friends!). Learn a deep repertoire of bone-crunching wrestling moves to fend off the skeletal hordes and overcome skillful platforming challenges... and who said anything about a Chicken Illuminati? Certainly not us! Check out these features: * An epic adventure spanning time and space, featuring drop-in 4-player local co-op for you and your best amigos! * A brand new upgrade system: discover "trainers" around the world, defeat their challenges, and develop your skill sets for movement, combat, and more! * A vibrant, colorful adventure that takes you from the Mangrove Swamp to Hell itself, featuring twice as many enemy types as the first game and a roster of eccentric new bosses! * An absolutely fuego electro-Mexican soundtrack, and more gorgeous visuals than ever thanks to a fancy new rendering engine! * Definitely no secret society of chickens that teaches you ancient chicken abilities previously lost to the ages!
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.3
Enter the Gungeon 30.

Enter the Gungeon

Platform: Switch
December 14, 2017
Enter the Gungeon is a gunfight dungeon crawler following a band of misfits seeking to shoot, loot, dodge roll and table-flip their way to personal absolution by reaching the legendary Gungeon’s ultimate treasure: the gun that can kill the past.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.0
Trine 2: Complete Story 31.

Trine 2: Complete Story

Platform: Switch
February 18, 2019
Trine 2: Complete Story is a beautiful, award-winning sidescrolling game of action, puzzles and platforming. Play as the three Heroes - Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight, and Zoya the Thief - and join their adventure through dangers untold in a fantastical fairytale world, including physics-based puzzles using fire, water, gravity and magic; wicked goblins and their evil plan; and a magical environment full of wonder. Features: -20 levels chock-full of adventure, hazards, physics-based puzzles, dangerous enemies and curious contraptions -Travel through breathtaking environments, including a mushroom forest, a burning desert and snowy ice mountains -3 Heroes: Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight and Zoya the Thief, each with their own set of skills - and personalities charming and otherwise -Online and local co-op multiplayer for up to three players -Beautiful graphics with a smooth framerate (Full HD 1080p / 60 fps) -Supports Stereo 3D -Supports DUALSHOCK4 touch pad
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.7
Velocity 2X 32.

Velocity 2X

Platform: Switch
September 20, 2018
Velocity 2X is the highly anticipated sequel to Velocity Ultra that features amazing puzzle-platforming action alongside award-winning top-down shoot em-up gameplay! Engage the Quarp Drive teleport to outsmart the enemy in race-tuned space combat, then dock your ship, jump out and run around on foot to infiltrate enemy bases. Once youve disabled internal defences, jump back into the Quarp Jet and continue your mission! Velocity 2X takes the same approach to great gameplay design that made Velocity Ultra so much fun, and applies it to a puzzle-platforming adventure too, making Velocity 2X twice the twitchy fun!
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.0
Streets of Rage 4 33.

Streets of Rage 4

Platform: Switch
April 30, 2020
Amongst the best beat’em up series ever created, jammin’ ‘90s beats and over the top street beating, the iconic series Streets of Rage comes back with a masterful tribute to and revitalization of the classic action fans adore. The all-time classic Streets of Rage, known as Bare Knuckle (ベア・ナックル Bea Nakkuru) in Japan, is a beat ‘em up series known for this timeless gameplay and electronic dance influenced music. Streets of Rage 4 builds upon the classic trilogy’s gameplay with new mechanics, beautiful hand-drawn visuals and a God tier soundtrack. Team up with iconic and brand-new characters Streets of Rage 4 got its iconic characters back: Axel, Blaze, and Adam teaming up with new brother and sister in arms Floyd Iraia and Cherry Hunter. With some brand-new moves and kickass tracks to take a listen, our heroes are ready to dish out beatdowns to a fledgling group of ill-advised criminals in full force.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.6
UnderHero 34.

UnderHero

Platform: Switch
February 27, 2020
Underhero is an RPG-platformer where the chosen hero has failed, and an underling of the evil king reluctantly takes his place as the new hero. Use timing-based combat to defeat enemies as you venture across the land, face off against quirky bosses, and save the Chestnut Kingdom from your own evil boss, Mr Stitches.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.5
The Messenger 35.

The Messenger

Platform: Switch
August 30, 2018
As a demon army besieges his village, a young ninja ventures through a cursed world, to deliver a scroll paramount to his clan’s survival. What begins as a classic action platformer soon unravels into an expansive time-traveling adventure full of thrills, surprises, and humor.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.4
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze 36.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Platform: Switch
May 4, 2018
Help Donkey Kong and his friends get back their home from Vikings in the Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze game from Retro Studios. All the challenging ground-pounding, barrel-blasting and mine cart action from the Donkey Kong Country series is back, along with a bushel of new game-play elements and features.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.6
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse 37.

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse

Platform: Switch
March 20, 2018
Embark on a brand new adventure which teams Shantae with her arch nemesis, Risky Boots! When a curse falls upon Sequin Land, Risky Boots and Shantae must join forces to battle unimaginable evil. Shantae must give up her job as Scuttle Towns "Guardian Genie" and become a pirate if she hopes to get her magic back and save the day. As a pirate, Shantae gains new weapons and tools to advance her quest and power through monsters! * Flintlock Pistol (blast enemies and switches from afar) * Pirate Hat (glide on the wind using this enormous headwear) * Risky's Boots (run at super speeds! Chain your attacks as you dash through enemies & over lava) * Cannon (blast yourself into the air on a belch of black powder) Core Gameplay Components: * Whipping! Destroy monsters, topple bosses, and solve puzzles with your hair * Platforming! Run and jump through deviously designed levels * Exploring! Navigate a world of interconnected levels and Labyrinths * Belly Dancing! Dance with your Magic Lamp to suck up magic and items * Customizing! Earn new abilities, unlock stat-boosting artifacts, magic & costumes * Storytelling! Flirtatious characters and wonderfully off-beat humor
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.3
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition 38.

Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition

Platform: Switch
October 8, 2018
Evil chose the wrong day to double-dip. Carlos Calaca has kidnapped El Presidente's Daughter, and he plans to sacrifice her in order to merge the World of the Living with the World of the Dead. Juan Aguacate, an agave farmer who stumbles upon a Legendary Luchador mask, must find the strength and courage to become the Hero he's always dreamed of being and put a stop to this. Guacamelee! STCE is a Metroidvania-style action-platformer set in a magical world inspired by traditional Mexican culture and folklore. The game features melee combat, parallel dimensions and same-screen co-op. The Super Turbo Championship Edition also includes extra abilities, new level content and enhanced graphics. Also chickens.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.0
Raiden IV x Mikado Remix 39.

Raiden IV x Mikado Remix

Platform: Switch
May 6, 2021
Raiden IV, the popular shoot ’em up arcade and Console game, debuts on Nintendo Switch with remixed background music by a superb lineup of artists produced by Game Center Mikado. Instill fear in your enemies with devastating attacks and earn the acclaimed title of master Ace!
Metascore:
86
User Score:
tbd
Star Wars Pinball 40.

Star Wars Pinball

Platform: Switch
September 13, 2019
May the Force be with you! Use the Force to guide the silver ball! Will you choose the Light or Dark side? Feel the power of the Force in Star Wars Pinball! Set in a galaxy far, far away, each of the tables in this brand new pack lets you interact with the most iconic characters, and relive the greatest moments of the Star Wars universe: Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Boba Fett. May the Force be with you! Influence the Balance of the Force! Join either the Light Side or Dark Side and take part in the epic struggle by simply posting scores for your chosen side! Full list of features: -Three brand new tables: Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett, and The Clone Wars -Compete against other players to achieve the highest ForceScore, and team up with your friends to increase your TeamScore -Hotseat multiplayer mode -New tables released regularly through the Nintendo eShop
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.4
Warframe 41.

Warframe

Platform: Switch
November 20, 2018
They were called Tenno. Warriors of blade and gun: masters of the Warframe armor. Those that survived the old war were left drifting among the ruins. Now they are needed once more. The Grineer, with their vast armies, are spreading throughout the solar system. A call echoes across the stars summoning the Tenno to an ancient place. They summon you. Allow the Lotus to guide you. She has rescued you from your cryostasis chamber and given you a chance to survive. The Grineer will find you; you must be prepared. The Lotus will teach you the ways of the Warframes and the secrets to unlocking their powers. Come Tenno, you must join the war.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.2
Metro: Last Light Redux 42.

Metro: Last Light Redux

Platform: Switch
February 28, 2020
Metro: Last Light Redux is the definitive version of the critically acclaimed ‘Metro: Last Light’, rebuilt in the latest and greatest iteration of the 4A Engine for Next Gen. Newcomers will get the chance to experience one of the finest story-driven shooters of all time; an epic adventure combining gripping survival horror, exploration and tactical combat and stealth.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.7
Metro: 2033 Redux 43.

Metro: 2033 Redux

Platform: Switch
February 28, 2020
Metro 2033 Redux is the definitive version of the cult classic ‘Metro 2033’, rebuilt in the latest and greatest iteration of the 4A Engine for Next Gen. Fans of the original game will find the unique world of Metro transformed with incredible lighting, physics and dynamic weather effects. Newcomers will get the chance to experience one of the finest story-driven shooters of all time; an epic adventure combining gripping survival horror, exploration and tactical combat and stealth.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.4
Assault Android Cactus+ 44.

Assault Android Cactus+

Platform: Switch
March 8, 2019
Experience an arcade style twin stick shooter set in a vivid sci fi universe. Junior Constable Cactus is outside her pay grade when she responds to a distress call and ends up stranded on a crippled space freighter under attack by its own robot workers. With a draining battery mechanic instead of lives, Assault Android Cactus+ challenges you to think fast and shoot faster. Charge head first into an army of refitted robots, transforming stages and massive boss showdowns.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.4
Huntdown 45.

Huntdown

Platform: Switch
May 12, 2020
Challenge yourselves in this hard-boiled co-op arcade shooter! Run, jump, and take cover in the mayhem-filled streets of the future. Kill the henchmen, take their guns, and Huntdown the leaders! Collect the bounty, level by level, and make a healthy living by making living unhealthy.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.5
Unpacking 46.

Unpacking

Platform: Switch
November 2, 2021
Unpacking is a zen puzzle game about the familiar experience of pulling possessions out of boxes and fitting them into a new home. Part block-fitting puzzle, part home decoration, you are invited to create a satisfying living space while learning clues about the life you’re unpacking.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
tbd
BlazBlue: Central Fiction - Special Edition 47.

BlazBlue: Central Fiction - Special Edition

Platform: Switch
February 7, 2019
BlazBlue: Central Fiction is the newest installment in the storied BlazBlue franchise and stands alone as the pinnacle of next gen 2D fighters! Like a well-timed 2D punch, BlazBlue: Central Fiction bashes massive amounts of content and innovation into one slick title that hits hard and keeps the pummeling steady! Prepare yourself for a brand new story, new characters, levels, modes, system mechanics and more! Choose from over 33 unimaginable fighters as you battle for 2D supremacy!
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.5
Sonic Mania 48.

Sonic Mania

Platform: Switch
August 15, 2017
Sonic Mania brings fans back into the 2D world of platform games with nostalgic pixel-style art and core "classic" gameplay by reimagining iconic Zones and Acts from Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD and Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles, and adding in completely new Zones with all-new Acts and boss fights into the mix. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.4
Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda 49.

Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda

Platform: Switch
June 13, 2019
In the latest rhythmic action-adventure from Brace Yourself Games, you can enjoy the gameplay of Crypt of the Necrodancer in the setting of The Legend of Zelda series. As Linkor even as Princess Zeldayou'll explore the randomly generated overworld and dungeons on a quest to save Hyrule. Every beat of each remixed, The Legend of Zelda tune is a chance to move, attack, defend, and more, so stay one step ahead of each enemy and bossor face the music. From modern-looking Lynels to the Hyrulean Soldiers of old, you must master the instinctive movements of each pixel-art enemy, and strategically outstep them in rhythmic combat. So equip yourself with an arsenal of iconic Legend of Zelda items, as well as the spells and weapons from Crypt of the Necrodancer. You must be prepared to face Hyrule's most wicked bosses, which have been transformed by magic, granting them mighty, new forms! * A rhythmic action-adventure game in the world of the Legend of Zelda series * Explore the randomly generated overworld and dungeons to save Hyrule as Link or Princess Zelda Use items from the Legend of Zelda series, plus spells and weapons from the Crypt of the Necrodancer game * Outstep legendary enemies and bosses in rhythmic combat * Keep the beat with 25 remixed classic Legend of Zelda tunes
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.1
Thumper 50.

Thumper

Platform: Switch
May 18, 2017
Thumper is rhythm violence: classic rhythm-action, blistering speed, and brutal physicality.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.1
Blaster Master Zero II 51.

Blaster Master Zero II

Platform: Switch
March 20, 2019
The side-scrolling/top-down hybrid action adventure gameplay returns with a brand new sequel to "Blaster Master Zero"! Experience the yet-untold story of Jason and Eve after defeating Earth's mutant scourge as they venture into the depths of space in their new battle tank, "GAIA-SOPHIA"! The story of Blaster Master Zero 2 begins a few months after the events of the first game (released on March 9, 2017), where the main protagonist Jason saves planet Earth from the mutants. Eve has been infected by mutant cells that are slowly corrupting her body, so together with Jason and Fred, they board G-SOPHIA and begin an intergalactic journey to Eve's home planet, Sophia, in hopes of finding a cure for the mutant infection.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.5
Crimzon Clover - World EXplosion 52.

Crimzon Clover - World EXplosion

Platform: Switch
October 29, 2020
Prepare yourself for an insatiable rain of bullets, bombs, and beams in Crimzon Clover. From Japanese indie developers YOTSUBANE and AdventurePlanningService, this unique top-down shooter is a wild ride you won't want to miss out on. Your first step in Crimzon Clover: World EXplosion is choosing how you want to play, as well as which powerful ship will be yours to command. Choose your version from ARCADE (true to the original arcade game), NOVICE (better if this is your first step into the world of hardcore shmuppage), or ARRANGED (a whole new can of worms with unique mechanics and novel challenges never seen before in the Crimzon Clover saga), then choose your mode from Boost, Original, Unlimited, and Time Attack. Original is THE main mode, where you blast your way through stages in search of the last boss. Boost Mode will adjust the difficulty based on how proficient you are at devastating your enemies. Unlimited turns each stage into an intense battlefield of bullets that only the most hardcore players will be able to survive. And Time Attack pits you against the clock as you race to earn the best score possible in about 3 minutes. Can you pilot your craft through the bullet massacre the enemies have prepared for you? Or will your ship become just another bump amidst the endless wreckage beneath your wings?
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.2
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth + 53.

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth +

Platform: Switch
March 17, 2017
The latest expansion to The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth features: 55+ new items, new final chapter with boss and ending, new playable character, greed hard mode, daily greed runs, 5 new challenges, loads of new achievements, new bosses and other little editions, plus new dev tools! so you can design, edit and play and endless number of mods, features and whole new games that the community will no doubt eventually design.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.3
Wilmot's Warehouse 54.

Wilmot's Warehouse

Platform: Switch
August 29, 2019
Wilmot's Warehouse is a puzzle game about keeping a warehouse running in tip-top shape. You play as Wilmot, a hard working warehouse employee tasked with pushing, sorting and stacking a variety of products. Over time more and more truckloads of these products will arrive, gradually filling up the warehouse. How you arrange them all is entirely up to you - organize by color, type, the Dewey Decimal System, or some wild format that only you understand - it’s all good! Just remember where you put everything, because when the service hatch opens, you'll need to find the things people want quickly, in order to earn the coveted Performance Stars required for all manner of labor-saving upgrades.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.4
Tangle Tower 55.

Tangle Tower

Platform: Switch
October 22, 2019
Unravel a mystery by exploring a strange and twisted mansion, discovering curious clues, interrogating peculiar suspects and solving unique puzzles. Will you be able to uncover the secrets of Tangle Tower?
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.3
NeuroVoider 56.

NeuroVoider

Platform: Switch
September 7, 2017
NeuroVoider is a twin-stick shooter RPG set in a cyber futuristic world about brains shooting around evil robots with nuclear rocket launchers. Battle through the horde of vigilant robots, boost your character with the smoking remains of your victims, and defeat the master NeuroVoider to end this eternal war. Play it coop with up to 4 friends, or go alone in an adventure of hack'n'slash rampage, with a pinch of rogue-lite, and some permadeath.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.0
Mutant Mudds Collection 57.

Mutant Mudds Collection

Platform: Switch
December 14, 2017
Love pixels? Fond of platformers? Is there a special place in your heart for the 8-bit and 16-bit era? Want to have fun? Yes!? Well, you've come to the right place, my friend. Mutant Mudds is a "12-bit" action platformer full of pixels and platforming fun! Our hero, Max, may be just a 2D sprite, but he can leap into the third dimension by jetting between the background and the foreground playfields with his trusty jetpack in this unique dimensionally-woven experience. Armed with a heavy-duty water cannon, Max has what he needs to vanquish his long-term nemesi: the Mutant Mudds. Max must blast and hover his way across the soiled landscape to seek out mysterious Water Sprites. Legend says collecting all of the mysterious Water Sprites will wash the filthy Mutant Mudds away for good!
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.3
Steins;Gate Elite 58.

Steins;Gate Elite

Platform: Switch
February 19, 2019
Follow a group of young, tech-savvy “lab members” who discover the means of changing the past via e-mail using a modified microwave. Their experiments in pushing the boundaries of time begin to spiral out of control as they become entangled in a conspiracy surrounding SERN, the organization behind the Large Hadron Collider, and John Titor, who claims to be from a dystopian future.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.9
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle 59.

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Platform: Switch
August 29, 2017
Welcome to the story of an unexpected encounter between Mario and the irreverent Rabbids. To bring order back to a splintered Mushroom Kingdom, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi team up with Rabbids heroes in a journey through four different worlds. Outwit unpredictable enemies in dynamic turn-based combat and co-op challenges, and solve puzzles along the way. Discover a feel-good and modern combat adventure designed exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system, playable anywhere, anytime, with anyone. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.4
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Ultimate Edition 60.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Ultimate Edition

Platform: Switch
May 8, 2018
Iconic genie Shantae is back in her most thrilling adventure yet! The award-winning 2D platforming series levels-up to stunning new heights thanks to an eye-popping new graphical style, an infectious soundtrack and incredible new game features. Transform into different creatures, dance through dynamic, danger-filled stages, complete quests for friends and face-off against awesome screen-filling bosses in an action-packed thrill ride without equal. FEATURES: * The complete package! -- This Ultimate Edition contains the award-winning Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, plus three major expansions - Pirate Queen's Quest DLC, Friends To The End DLC and Costume Mode DLC -- all in one bumper package! * Day One Edition bonuses! -- Also includes the essential Shantae: Half-Genie Hero artbook, and the toe-tapping, 30-song Risky Beats soundtrack CD! * Incredible visuals! -- Eschewing the series' former pixel art look, 2D characters and 3D worlds combine seamlessly in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero for the most beautiful platformer yet. * Peerless adventuring! -- Revisit stages with new transformation abilities and morph into a wacky range of creatures (elephants! crabs! mice!) to uncover deeply hidden secrets and unexplored areas. * Play as the full gang! -- Shantae's got company! Take control of popular co-stars Sky, Bolo, Rottytops and even series antagonist Risky Boots herself, and use each character's unique skills to journey through new storylines and scenarios long after Shantae's quest is over!
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.2
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment 61.

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment

Platform: Switch
March 3, 2017
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is the action-packed prequel to Shovel Knight! Take control of Specter Knight, servant to the Enchantress, in a quest to recruit a cadre of knights and create the Order of No Quarter. With his scythe and preternatural agility at the ready, he can glide across the ground, clamber up walls, and command an arsenal of curious weapons. If he carries out his duties, Specter Knight may have a chance at regaining his lost humanity and breaking his chains of servitude. But what cruel tricks might the Enchantress have up her sleeve?
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.1
Rolling Gunner 62.

Rolling Gunner

Platform: Switch
June 20, 2019
With its reliance on BAC, humanity had forgotten how to operate even basic transportation, let alone weapons. After the attacks from BAC and the subsequent social chaos, the human population was reduced by half. However, there was a group within Lerman Matsunaga that foresaw the dangers of a dependence on Buster Engines and the BAC that controlled them. This group led the third stage of energy development, an anti-BAC weapon developed in secret that would render Busterium inert, called the Rolling Gun.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.0
Filament 63.

Filament

Platform: Switch
October 8, 2020
Board The Alabaster, one of The Filament Corporation's flagship research vessels, and try to wrestle control back from a mysterious complication which left the ship locked down and the crew missing. With only the help of Juniper, the ships stricken pilot, face fiendishly difficult puzzles that will push you to the limit in a bid to uncover what happened to the crew and why they disappeared. A single-player game with complex, yet ultra-addictive puzzles, challenge yourself to board the Alabaster, then challenge yourself to leave.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
tbd
Toki Tori 2 + 64.

Toki Tori 2 +

Platform: Switch
February 23, 2018
Experience Toki Tori’s Epic Puzzle Adventure on the go, for the first time ever. Explore a forest island, learn magical songs and interact with the local wildlife to solve environmental puzzles. Toki Tori 2+’s game design requires just two moves: whistle and stomp. It's super accessible, yet it builds up to incredible complexity later on. There’s a ton to do, too. After puzzle-solving your way to five Ancient Frogs and saving the island from a strange pollution, you can still find 100s of golden wings, snap dozens of creature pictures and go Achievement hunting. You can now create checkpoints wherever you like, allowing for easy experimentation. - A unique take on the Metroidvania formula - Follow the path, or stray off-road and tackle the expert puzzles - Whistle magical songs to rewind, fast-travel and more - Snap dozens of Tokidex creature pictures
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.0
Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition 65.

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition

Platform: Switch
September 12, 2017
Rayman, winner of multiple artistic and musical achievements, is coming to Nintendo Switch with Rayman Legends Definitive Edition. Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies are off wandering through an enchanted forest when they discover a mysterious tent filled with a series of captivating paintings. As they look more closely, they notice each painting seems to tell the story of a mythical world. While focusing on a painting that shows a medieval land, they are suddenly sucked into the painting, entering the world, and the adventure begins. The gang must run, jump, and fight their way through each world to save the day and discover the secrets of every legendary painting. * Join the team with up to 4 players in local co-op! * Compete with your friends in tournaments with the Kung Foot experience (local wireless multiplayer) * Run, jump & smack your way through 100+ maps * Jump to the rhythm and rock the party to beat the crazy musical levels
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.4
Kingdom: Two Crowns 66.

Kingdom: Two Crowns

Platform: Switch
December 11, 2018
In Kingdom Two Crowns, players must work in the brand-new solo or co-op campaign mode to build their kingdom and secure it from the threat of the Greed. Experience new technology, units, enemies, mounts, and secrets in the next evolution of the award-winning micro strategy franchise.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.2
Mushihimesama 67.

Mushihimesama

Platform: Switch
June 15, 2021
Mushihimesama (Bug Princess in English) is a vertical shooting game set in a beautiful fantasy world. Huge insect-like creatures called Koju roam the forest outside the village of Hoshifuri. When Reco's people fall to a mysterious sickness, the young princess decides to leave the village and meet the God of the Koju, who may provide a cure. Riding her faithful Golden Beetle friend Kiniro, Reco must traverse the wilds, braving the hostile landscape and the aggressive Koju beasts on her journey through the Shinju Forest.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
tbd
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime 68.

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

Platform: Switch
October 3, 2017
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a frantic 1- or 2-player couch co-op action space shooter set in a massive neon battleship. Only through teamwork can you triumph over the evil forces of Anti-Love, rescue kidnapped space-bunnies, and avoid a vacuumy demise. Deep space is a dangerous place, but you dont have to face it alone!
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.0
SUPERHOT 69.

SUPERHOT

Platform: Switch
August 19, 2019
SUPERHOT is the first person shooter where time moves only when you move. No regenerating health bars. No conveniently placed ammo drops. It's just you, outnumbered and outgunned, grabbing the weapons of fallen enemies to shoot, slice, and maneuver through a hurricane of slow-motion bullets.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.0
Danmaku Unlimited 3 70.

Danmaku Unlimited 3

Platform: Switch
March 13, 2018
Inspired by classic Japanese shooting games, Danmaku Unlimited 3 is a lovingly crafted medley of the best aspects of Japanese bullet hell games, all in a polished, accessible package. An old school shoot'em up? Why is it worth my time? Bullet hell style mechanics is having a kind of renaissance with its inclusion in many hit indie games. However if players want to explore more into the world of Bullet Hell a lot of traditional titles can be hard to understand in its mechanics or just plain too difficult to get into as a newcomer. Danmaku Unlimited 3 is designed to be intuitive and accessible to players unfamiliar with the genre, all the while without losing any of the intensity and flashiness that makes the genre so exciting to play. Okay, so how does the game do that? CORE A staple feature in Bullet Hells, only the very center of the player's craft, the core, is vulnerable to enemy fire. GRAZING Get the core close to bullets to just barely "graze" it will power up the player's craft. Once fully charged it can unleash a powerful rampage that makes you feel like a total boss. SPIRIT/GRAZE SYSTEM Shooting down enemies turns their shots into harmless ghost bullets that the player can safely touch while also powering up the plane. All of this allows the game to be at a level of challenge that is manageable for a wide range of players without reducing the game into a bullet free turkey shoot. I'm good at bullet hell shooters, won't I just breeze though the game then? The game has two unique modes, GRAZE MODE features a differently tuned system (with conditions to trigger the ghost bullets) that offers a higher level of challenge comparable to the toughest traditional bullet hell titles. Is there a story? It is about a guardian, entrusted with Earth, rebelling against her overseers. Shakespeare it isn't, but you are here for the bullets and explosions right? How is the music? A Shmup is nothing without good music! Music is by BLANKFIELD from Japan, who does awesome remixes of Touhou and many other anime/game musics! Anything else? - The campaign features 5 stages each ending with an epic multi-stage boss fight. - Up to 25 weapon combinations for players to unlock and experiment to find what works best for them. - Unique rendering technique that procedurally animate sprites on the fly. - TATE support for players that use vertical screens. Or if you like to play lying down on your sides, I'm not going to tell you how to live your life. Okay I'm sold! (Or not, if so then thanks for making it down to here!) TLDR List - Authentically crafted Japanese style shoot'em up in High Definition - Intuitively designed to be an accessible gateway to the world of Bullet Hell - 5 handcrafted stages packed with dynamically rendered sprites - Epic multi-phase boss battles with spellbinding bullet patterns - Up to 25 unique weapon combinations - Turn enemy attacks into your advantage with the SPIRIT/GRAZE system - Music by the talented Japanese indie circle BLANKFIELD Multiple modes of difficulty that caters to players of all skill ranges
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.1
Sega Ages: Fantasy Zone 71.

Sega Ages: Fantasy Zone

Platform: Switch
January 23, 2020
Take command of the spaceship Opa-Opa and blast your way through various fantastical levels as you try to take out all the enemy bases in each stage. Once you've destroyed the bases, you'll have to beat the stage boss in order to move on to the next level. By using your guns and bombs wisely, you'll be able to take down your enemies and explore each of the crazy environments in this side-scroller. You can also buy upgraded weapons for your ship by accessing the shop.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.9
Baba Is You 72.

Baba Is You

Platform: Switch
March 13, 2019
Baba Is You is a puzzle game in which the rules of the game can be changed during gameplay, leading to surprising and unique interactions. In this tricky puzzler, you don't just make the rules – you are the rules!
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.0
Sayonara Wild Hearts 73.

Sayonara Wild Hearts

Platform: Switch
September 19, 2019
Sayonara Wild Hearts is a dreamy arcade game about riding motorcycles, skateboarding, dance battling, shooting lasers, wielding swords, and breaking hearts at 200 mph. As the heart of a young woman breaks, the balance of the universe is disturbed. A diamond butterfly appears in her dreams and leads her through a highway in the sky, where she finds her other self: the masked biker called The Fool. Journey through a custom-written pop soundtrack, chase scores, and set out to find the harmony of the universe, hidden away in the hearts of Little Death and her star-crossed allies: Dancing Devils, Howling Moons, Stereo Lovers and Hermit 64.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.2
Timespinner 74.

Timespinner

Platform: Switch
June 4, 2019
Travel back in time to change fate itself, in this beautifully crafted story-driven adventure, inspired by classic 90s action-platformers. With her family murdered in front of her and the ancient Timespinner device destroyed, Lunais is suddenly transported into an unknown world, stranded with seemingly no hope of return. Using her power to control time, Lunais vows to take her revenge on the evil Lachiem Empire, but sometimes the course of history isn’t quite as black and white as it seems...
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.4
Ape Out 75.

Ape Out

Platform: Switch
February 28, 2019
Ape Out is a wildly intense and colorfully stylized smash ‘em up about primal escape, rhythmic violence, and frenetic jazz.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
6.4
ACA NeoGeo: Blazing Star 76.

ACA NeoGeo: Blazing Star

Platform: Switch
May 2, 2017
AaABLAZING STARAaA, legendary NEOGEO shooting game with its unique game system and its gorgeous graphics, lands on iPhone/iPod touch! AaABLAZING STARAaA features integre a multitude of exciting options such as a AaApoint scaling systemAaA for insane scores! Shoot down your enemies with your powerful options and weapons! ★Not only a perfect port of the original NEOGEO game! In addition to its classic AaAARCADE MODEAaA, this perfect conversion of AaABLAZING STARAaA includes a AaAMISSION MODEAaA, allowing you to select in which stage you want to play! You can now train yourself in your favorite stages or those which give you a hard time! ★Many spaceships with various characteristics! In total, 6 spaceships with various strengths (spaceships for beginners, high scoring or with an increased defense) are available to selection in AaABLAZING STARAaA. AaACHARGED SHOTSAaA, which vary depending on the selected spaceship, worth a watch! ★Intense cooperative gameplay via the Bluetooth function! Besides the AaAMAIN MISSIONAaA game mode, AaABLAZING STARAaA can be doubly enjoyed by playing in AaAMULTIPLAYERAaA via the Bluetooth function! Will you be able to clear the hardest stages with your friends? ★Smooth controls! Move your spaceship by tapping the game screen in AaATOUCH CONTROLAaA, or maneuver it via the Virtual Pad displayed in the bottom left corner of the screen in AaAPAD CONTROLAaA! ★Compatible with AaAGAME CENTERAaA! Complete a maximum of AaAACHIEVEMENTSAaA in order to increase your Shooter Level! Beat the best scores and become WorldAaas Number 1!!
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.0
Super Meat Boy 77.

Super Meat Boy

Platform: Switch
January 11, 2018
Super Meat Boy is a tough as nails platformer where you play as an animated cube of meat who's trying to save his girlfriend (who happens to be made of bandages) from an evil fetus in a jar wearing a tux. Our meaty hero will leap from walls, over seas of buzz saws, through crumbling caves and pools of old needles. Sacrificing his own well being to save his damsel in distress. Super Meat Boy brings the old school difficulty of classic NES titles like Mega Man 2, Ghost and Goblins and Super Mario Bros. 2 (The Japanese one) and stream lines them down to the essential no BS straight forward twitch reflex platforming. Ramping up in difficulty from hard to soul crushing SMB will drag Meat boy though haunted hospitals, salt factories and even hell itself. And if 300+ single player levels weren't enough SMB also throws in epic boss fights, a level editor and tons of unlock able secrets, warp zones and hidden characters.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.1
World of Goo 78.

World of Goo

Platform: Switch
March 16, 2017
The millions of Goo Balls who live in the World of Goo are curious to explore - but they don't know that they are in a game, or that they are extremely delicious. Mysterious Levels - Each level is strange and dangerously beautiful, introducing new puzzles, areas, and the creatures that live in them. World of Goo Balls - Along the way, undiscovered new species of Goo Ball, each with unique abilities, come together to ooze through reluctant tales of discovery, love, conspiracy, beauty, electric power, and the third dimension. The Sign Painter - Someone is watching you. World of Goo Corporation - Congratulations! World of Goo Corporation is the Global Leader in Goo and Goo Related Product, including World of Goo Corporation Trademark Brand Soft Drink Beverage and World of Goo Corporation Trademark Brand Facial Exfoliating Lotion. Succulent! Massive Online Competition - Human players around the world compete in a living leaderboard to build the tallest towers of goo in World of Goo Corporation's mysterious sandbox. World of Goo Corporation is contractually obligated to state that everyone is a winner and is enthusiastic to celebrate everyone's tower building opportunities equally.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.7
Dead Cells: Fatal Falls 79.

Dead Cells: Fatal Falls

Platform: Switch
January 26, 2021
Gain a sharp and somewhat overprotective aerial ally as you fight through two new biomes and a boss! Challenging level designs will force you to rethink your approach in this new mid game content designed to add variety to your runs and continue support for the development of the game.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
tbd
Just Shapes & Beats 80.

Just Shapes & Beats

Platform: Switch
May 31, 2018
A game about shapes, and about beats. "Just Shapes & Beats" is a chaotic co-op musical bullet-hell based on three simple things: avoid Shapes, move to the rad Beats, and die, repeatedly. It's a new spin on SHMUPs, adding a layer of coop that's at the core of the game: 'cause everything is better with friends. Play alone or with up to four players, local or online, through the game's Story Mode or Challenge Runs. MUSIC TO YOUR EARS, AND HANDS You like music? SO. DO. WE. That's why we have 35 hand crafted stages with licensed tracks from over 20 chiptune and EDM artists. Hits like a ton of brick straight into your eardrums and your eyeballs; BAM EVERYTHING IS BETTER WITH FRIENDS Gather up your squad and play up to 4 player co-op, drop-in drop-out, either all on your couch for a house party, or an online party! Don't have/like your friends? WE GOTCHU MY DUDES, make new or BETTER friends by playing a few quick online challenge runs. Let us pick your new best buds for the next hours; strangers are just friends you haven't met yet. Kind of a lone wolf, back hurts from carrying people, would rather play with yourself? Do it, the game is just as fun, just a different experience waiting for you; ain't nobody judging here yo. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE We have many different game experiences to offer! Story mode helps you learn the ropes with our intermediate-ish tracks and the optional Casual mode. When you think you're ready, Challenge Runs is where you get to prove yourself: get judged on your skills by playing through randomly picked tracks. Need some kind of training montage to get better? Rip off your sleeves and practice the tracks you're struggling to master in the Playlist. PARTYYYYY Literally the soundtrack for your party! Let the game play in Party Mode and let it light up your social gatherings, + you can even still have people playing this if they like, WE'VE THOUGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING. So yea, go ahead and throw the most epic party of your life thanks to us, you are welcome.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.5
Fortnite 81.

Fortnite

Platform: Switch
June 12, 2018
Jump in to be the last one standing in the free 100-player Battle Royale. Build huge forts. Outwit your opponents. Earn your Victory. Squad up together online with friends in the same room or around the world. BUILD & DESTROY - Shape the battlefield by building your own cover. Opponent hiding behind a wall? Take out their cover to get the edge. GEAR UP - Board the battle bus and drop in on your favorite zone. Gather resources, collect gear, and battle your opponents. SQUAD UP WITH FRIENDS - Team up online with your friends around the world or in the same room. WEEKLY UPDATES & EVENTS - Updates constantly fuel the fun with new gameplay modes, outfits, weapons and items. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
4.9
One Finger Death Punch 2 82.

One Finger Death Punch 2

Platform: Switch
February 26, 2020
You're surrounded, outnumbered and have to use any weapon you can get your hands on to dismantle your opponents in a flurry of kung fu. That's the essence of OFDP2, the world's fastest brawler. It features the original OFDP's unique two-button mechanics which we've spent the last five years perfecting. Speed and precision are key in this whirlwind fighting frenzy, as players maintain control over the 26 different unlockable skills, frenetic gameplay, and classic kung fu-inspired animations.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.2
Duck Game 83.

Duck Game

Platform: Switch
May 1, 2019
It's DUCK GAME! Enter the futuristic year of 1984 and challenge your friends to a frantic battle for glory. Win over the crowd and gain a following while you battle using Shotguns, Net Guns, Mind Control Rays, Saxaphones, Magnet Guns, and pretty much anything else a Duck could use as a weapon. One hit, and your duck is feathers. So Don't blink. - 2 to 4 PLAYERS in Local Multiplayer Couch Combat - New Single Player challenge mode - Easy to pick up, emphasizing strategy over twitch reaction - 50+ Levels, 50+ Weapons - Level Editor Enter the universe of DUCK GAME. The year is 1984 - and ducks have covered the known world with brutalist office spaces, factories, and construction projects. Fueled by a colossal military- and defense-weapons industry, the ruling government of Duck World recently installed instant-access weapon portals within every office space and simulated forest environment in the spirit of convenient self defense. Four ducks are sick of working. Now it's time to play!
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.0
Splatoon 2 84.

Splatoon 2

Platform: Switch
July 21, 2017
Ink-splatting action is back and fresher than ever. Get hyped for the sequel to the game about splatting ink and claiming turf, as the squid-like Inklings return in a colorful and chaotic 4 vs. 4 action shooter. For the first time, take Turf War battles on-the-go via local multiplayer in portable play styles. You can also compete in frenetic online matches like before. Two years have passed since the release of Splatoon, and two years have also passed in the game world, leading to an evolution in fashion trends and new styles of weapons and gear. Staying fresh never looked so good. Features: New weapons New dual-wielding Splat Dualies join the action, complete with a new Dodge Roll move. Mainstays like the Splat Roller and Splat Charger have also been remixed to include new gameplay mechanics and brand-new special weapons. Local and Online Multiplayer In a first for the series, compete in local multiplayer Turf War battles, whether in TV mode or on-the-go in handheld or tabletop modes. Online battles also make a return. New ways to play Play using the Joy-Con controllers or the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, both of which allow for gyro controls for better aiming and control. New Trends Two years have passed since the release of Splatoon in real life, and two years have also passed in the game world. Some familiar characters return under different circumstances, and new characters are introduced as well. Fresh Updates - Similar to Splatoon for Wii U, updates will roll out post-launch, adding new content. Smart Device Support An upcoming smart-phone application for the Nintendo Switch system will enhance matchmaking and allow for voice chat options. Turf War Iconic 4 vs. 4 Turf War battles return. The goal is to splat ink on as much territory as possible, while strategically submerging yourself in your team's colors and blasting your enemies.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.4
DOOM (1993) 85.

DOOM (1993)

Platform: Switch
July 26, 2019
All Hell has run amok! Monstrous demons from another dimension use their gruesome talents to turn your space station into a blood-splattered slaughterhouse.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.0
Groove Coaster: Wai Wai Party!!!! 86.

Groove Coaster: Wai Wai Party!!!!

Platform: Switch
November 14, 2019
Ride a roller coaster of sound with simple controls, and get grooving in this exhilarating rhythm game. With Active Controls, you can play by shaking the Joy-Con controllers. Experience the groove in a variety of songs, only possible on Nintendo Switch.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.3
Shovel Knight: King of Cards 87.

Shovel Knight: King of Cards

Platform: Switch
December 10, 2019
Play as King Knight, the gilded goon himself, as he travels through 4 new worlds and more than 30 all new courses, on a journey to best the Three Kings who rule over the land. With a high flying spin and a boisterous bash, he can crash through all who would dare stand in his way.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.0
Pinball FX3: Williams Pinball - Volume 5 88.

Pinball FX3: Williams Pinball - Volume 5

Platform: Switch
December 10, 2019
Metascore:
83
User Score:
tbd
Knockout City 89.

Knockout City

Platform: Switch
May 21, 2021
Rule the city through lightning-fast multiplayer matches featuring mind-blowing dodgeball mechanics. Increase your attack by passing to power up dodgeballs, targeting your opponents with a variety of specialized balls, or “balling up” at any time to get thrown by teammates. Assemble an All-Star dodgeball Crew with your friends for multiplayer matches in a seamless cross-play experience! Together, knock out opponents in 3v3, 4v4, or free-for-all matches. Pass, throw, and strategize to dominate as a team and unlock distinctive, Crew-only rewards. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
5.5
GRIS 90.

GRIS

Platform: Switch
December 13, 2018
Gris is a hopeful young girl lost in her own world, dealing with a painful experience in her life. Her journey through sorrow is manifested in her dress, which grants new abilities to better navigate her faded reality.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.5
UnderMine 91.

UnderMine

Platform: Switch
February 11, 2021
An action-adventure roguelike with a bit of RPG tossed in. Adventure deep into the UnderMine and discover powerful relics, deadly enemies, hidden secrets, and a few friends to help along the way. Delve deep into the UnderMine and discover its secrets, one peasant at a time! UnderMine is an action-adventure roguelike that blends combat and dungeon crawling with rpg-like progression. Mine gold, die, upgrade yourself, and try again! Discover hundreds of items including relics, potions, blessings, and curses that all combo and stack for a new experience every run. Challenge dangerous bosses and rescue helpful characters that provide new upgrades for your adventure. Decipher the cryptic messages of the Undermine's residents and unfold the mystery at the heart of the dungeon. Build Item Combos Discover relics, potions, prayers, blessings, and even curses to forge that perfect run. Watch as items pop off and combo with one another to make a god peasant of destruction. Rescue Characters Discover friendly (and some unfriendly) characters in need of rescue. After returning them safe to the mine's hub they will offer powerful upgrades that can be used from run to run. Discover Secrets Explore every nook and cranny to discover hundreds of secrets. New relics, potions, characters, and story bits lay behind the statues, rocks, and walls of each floor. Deadly Bosses Each area of the UnderMine contains one (or more!) deadly boss that will test planning, patience, strategy, and skill. Prepare well, because a test awaits! Wickedly Lighthearted UnderMine has a rich world to explore and discover with charming characters and a plot full of intrigue. Experience the plight of the poor Delvemore peasants. Told to brave extreme danger for a boss that doesn't quite care about them or their safety. A pretty funny situation when you think about it and something we can all relate to.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.2
LIMBO 92.

LIMBO

Platform: Switch
June 28, 2018
LIMBO, a black and white puzzle-platforming adventure, puts players in the role of a young boy traveling through an eerie and treacherous world in an attempt to discover the fate of his sister.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.4
Overcooked! 2: Surf 'n' Turf 93.

Overcooked! 2: Surf 'n' Turf

Platform: Switch
October 3, 2018
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.4
Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 94.

Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Platform: Switch
February 20, 2020
Super Speed! Sonic's back and better than ever. He's a blur in blue! A blaze of action! With his new Super Spin Dash. And a new, fabulous friend, "Tails" the Fox. You won't believe it 'til you see it. And when you play, you won't stop. Super Play! Defy gravity in hair-raising loop-de-loops. Grab Power Sneakers and race like lightning through the mazes. All at break-neck speed! Super Power! Sonic's attitude is can-do. The mad scientist Dr. Robotnik is planning a world takeover. Sonic gets tough in the fight to save his friends and squash Robotnik for good!
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.1
Katana ZERO 95.

Katana ZERO

Platform: Switch
April 17, 2019
Katana ZERO is a stylish neo-noir, action-platformer featuring breakneck action and instant-death combat. Slash, dash, and manipulate time to unravel your past in a beautifully brutal acrobatic display.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.7
Killer Queen Black 96.

Killer Queen Black

Platform: Switch
October 11, 2019
Fly solo, or team up with three of your friends as you race to complete one of three possible victory conditions. Killer Queen Black, a new take on the arcade eSport Killer Queen, has been rebuilt from the ground up and optimized for console. The gameplay is immediately recognizable and familiar, yet it introduces exciting new twists and online play for the home audience. Killer Queen Black is the follow up to Killer Queen that fans have been begging for.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.3
Splasher 97.

Splasher

Platform: Switch
October 26, 2017
Splasher is a 2D platformer with unique arcade/action gameplay. It offers gamers challenges that require agility, speed and fast reflexes, and is set in a crazy cartoon universe. The Splashers are in great danger! The quiet and peaceful workers from Inkorp are being led to their doom by the greedy Docteur, the paint factory's evil boss. A young hero rises to fight for what's right. Armed with a splatter cannon, he launches an attack in order to save the Splashers and stand up to the dictator. His amazing paint cannon grants him color superpowers.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.2
Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends - Definitive Edition 98.

Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends - Definitive Edition

Platform: Switch
December 27, 2018
'Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends' introduces entirely new levels of fun to the refreshing gameplay vanquishing swarms of enemies with mighty warriors found in 'Dynasty Warrors 8.' In story mode, where you can immerse yourself in the vivid tales of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, it is now possible to play as the mighty warrior 'Lu Bu,' and embark on a journey that depicts his way of life. Additionally, many new hypothetical scenarios to existing Romance of the Three Kingdoms battles have been added, as well as new playable characters, weapons types, growth/speedrun elements, and more! What's more, a revamped Ambition Mode and completely new Challenge Mode offer whole new ways to enjoy the 'Dynasty Warriors 8' universe.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.5
The Last Campfire 99.

The Last Campfire

Platform: Switch
August 27, 2020
DISCOVER A PURPOSE The Last Campfire is an adventure, a story of a lost ember trapped in a puzzling place, searching for meaning and a way home. ON A JOURNEY Travel deeper into the lands beyond the dark forest and overcome the adversities before you. UNCOVER A WORLD Discover beautiful wilderness filled with lost folk, strange creatures and mysterious ruins. LIGHT THE LAST CAMPFIRE Find hope and carry it with you on your Journey to light The Last Campfire. FROM A SMALL STUDIO A unique tale from Hello Games and the creative minds behind LostWinds.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.5
Flipping Death 100.

Flipping Death

Platform: Switch
August 7, 2018
Welcome to Flatwood Peaks, a small whimsical town with a problem -- Death is on vacation. Play as Penny and help trapped ghosts with your trusted scythe. Flip the entire world around to solve puzzles on both the living and the dead side and slowly uncover the mystery surrounding your own demise.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.6
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